There's something about the tiki bar that just screams relaxation. It could be the tropical music that serenades the scene; hey, it might be the scantily clad gyrating dancers in grass skirts; or maybe it's just the ornately decorated drinks. Whatever the reason may be, to us, Polynesian culture represents unbridled escapism -- something we all need. Quite frankly, that in and of itself is cause for celebration. If you're looking to get a dose of authentic South Pacific culture -- without heading to the Mai-Kai -- it's time to get ready. The 11th-annual Polynesian Cultural Festival is taking over Jaco Pastorius Park on Sunday. From noon to 8 p.m., the Polynesian Culture Association is bringing its culture and traditions to the general public for a unique mix of entertainment and education. The event includes live music, with drums, songs, and dances from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand's Maori. Special features include Tahitian drums, fire dances, Hawaiian chants, a ukulele exhibition, and a hula contest with prizes. Individuals are invited to take part in basket-weaving and coconut-husking. For those really looking to get a taste of the islands, Polynesian fare and tropical tiki drinks are available for purchase. Bounce houses, face painting, and other activities are offered for kids. Admission is $7 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Jaco Pastorius Park is located at 4000 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park. Call 954-938-9010, or visit polynesiancultureassociation.com.
Sun., April 13, 12-8 p.m., 2014